How do you commonly refer to 'old people' ? Any euphemisms ? (Please explain) In Dutch: we never say 'de ouden' but - 'bejaarden' (of years) - 'ouderen' (elderly, also with comparative) - oudjes' (diminutive) - 'op leeftijd' (of age - we even have to distinguish between leeftijd (age, life-time) and ouderdom (old age, 'oldness') - 'senioren' (hiding age by using Latin...) etc. I believe 'die Alten' can be used in German, but I am not so sure... Your list might be endless, but any are welcome.